Monday, December 31, 2012

So long, 2012!


Four Brothers

I'd been hiding these warm-up sketches from you folks over here on the blog, so here are the turtles all in a row as an apology.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! I hope you all who celebrate have a nice one. If you haven't already seen it I drew a short story written by buddy Benito Cereno, a true tale of St. Nicholas called The Klaubauf's Wager. Above is a clip but you can check out the whole thing over at Comics Alliance.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Weird Tales

A Conan the Barbarian sketch from the other day that I threw some color on.

Friday, December 07, 2012

Miss Batson

I'm trying out some different brushes in Photoshop today, and I figured it's been long enough since I'd last drawn Mary Marvel.

Monday, December 03, 2012

Commissions - Holidays 2012

UPDATE: Aaaand we're all full up for commissions! Thanks to everyone who wrote in and spread the word, always appreciated!

Having caught up with commissions, I've decided to take on a few new ones for the holidays! The rates are the same, as depicted above. If you're interested e-mail me at evantshaner@gmail.com. If this is something you'd like in time for Christmas please let me know when you write me. Also note that I'm only taking commissions fitting within these guidelines (only 9x12 pieces, no color, etc.), no negotiating. Also, the "2 busts" or "2 figures" rate means they would be on the same piece, separate pieces will be priced individually but shipped together. When I'm finished with this round I don't plan on taking commissions again for a while, so now's the time if you're interested. I'll update when I've closed the list as well. Thanks!







Thursday, November 29, 2012

Caged.

Sorry for the lack of updates lately, I've been working on development stuff lately. More on that soon, but here's a bit from the latest batch.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Oh. Henry.

Just a quick one from the sketchbook for today. I liked seeing Hank and the original gang of X-Men in my stack of comics last week.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Death Rides With Him

A Jonah Hex for today, inspired by Giannis Milonogiannis.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Hellblazer No More

Today's sketch is John Constantine, after I heard the news of Hellblazer's cancellation this morning. This is the first time I've drawn Constantine so please forgive me if I goofed on something vital.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Influences (2.0)

No sketch today, there's a lot going on at the moment. Instead I'm sharing this second take at an influence map I put up on my tumblr a few days ago.


Last week I was asked about my influences, which got me thinking about these influence maps. I did one of these two years ago and dug it up to check out what I felt had changed since. I remember at the time that I really wanted to just put in what I felt had an affect on my work, not to put anything in just to try to look cool. Looking at it again, I clearly threw stuff in there just to look cool, which defeats the point of the exercise.

Anyway, I thought I’d try again, keeping it as simple as possible. These are folks who I feel influence me on a daily basis, at least at the moment. Who knows? This could all change in a month. Maybe it doesn’t even come out in my stuff but their work hangs out there in the back of my mind while I’m drawing. The idea is you get 30 squares and you fill ‘em up with the folks (or books, things, whatever) that you feel influence you. This time around I got 14, compared to the 23 from last time. The bigger the space they take up the bigger the influence. Instead of covering up the drawings with names, I’ve identified the artists at the bottom. It’s probably a giant waste of time, but I think it’s a fun diversion and that it’s important from time to time (but not all the time) to do a little self-reflection.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everybody! It's also the end of my no-superheroes month experiment, thanks to those who said such nice things while I tried some new stuff, and thanks to those of you who were patient with me for the last month if it wasn't your thing. I had hoped to do a few more sketches this month but it ended up being busier than I expected. I still had a good time doing the ones I got to though.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

By Crom!

A weekend sketch of everybody's favorite Cimmerian, Conan the Barbarian. I'm a big fan of John Buscema's work on the character and that one story Jorge Zaffino drew, but it was the great work being done on the recent Dark Horse title that made me want to try drawing Conan again. I'm looking forward to buddy Declan Shalvey's work on the book coming up in a month or two.

UPDATED: Now in color --

Anyway, boy it's fun to let loose and draw some swords and mayhem now and then. I totally get the appeal of drawing a book like this.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

City Lights

I've been thinking more about Red Clay lately, so today's sketch is another one of my own Detroit detective, Red Clay.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Eerie

Another quick one for today, here's Cousin Eerie.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Ke-Woh-No-Tay

A quick sketch as I start the night shift. Please ignore how much this looks like DC's Scalphunter (it's almost like I forgot I said I wouldn't draw any DC characters this month or forgot he was a DC character). If I'm not careful this no-superhero-month will become Doc-draws-a-bunch-of-western-stuff.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Shine Yer Astro-spurs!

...and don yer robot fists! Today's sketch is Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars, from the Thrilling Adventure Hour. I based him on buddy Mike Holmes' great take on the character. I'm a big fan of the show, particularly Sparks Nevada's escapades and his great theme song.

If you haven't heard there's a graphic novel version of the show being put together and I'm very excited to be contributing. The book is being funded by Kickstarter, and as of this post is about $11,000 shy of the goal, with 26 days to go no less! There's even a Doc Shaner reward tier on there if that's the sort of thing that would interest you. A lot of awesome folks are involved and I’m sure this is going to be a great package when all is said and done. Go give it a look!


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Bond

 ...James Bond. I've been watching James Bond movies while I work for the last week and I figured what better time to do a Bond sketch. This sketch is more of the character himself than a specific actor, though I have a feeling I'll come back to Bond before the month is over. I've never gotten around to reading the books but I'd really like to first chance I get. My dad is a big fan of the Connery movies and I remember watching them with him when I was younger and enjoying those. I never really got into the many of the movies between Connery and Craig, though I know I must have seen some of the Brosnan flicks in the theater. The upcoming Skyfall totally snuck up on me but I'm looking forward to seeing that one.

Here's a detail shot of 007's face since he's a little small in the whole sketch.

Sunday, October 07, 2012

"Pops"

As I mentioned in the first post, part of my goal this month is to just make some things up off the cuff. Another secondary goal is to draw some different types of faces and people. I don't get/take enough chances to draw older people so that's what I wanted to do with today's wake-up sketch. When I was much younger I was really into space and NASA, wanting to be an astronaut, or a professional hockey player if that didn't work out (ha!). There's still a lot of that classic NASA imagery that really appeals to me as an artist.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Prince of Thule

Today's sketch is Hal Foster's Prince Valiant. I've always had a fondness for Medieval stories and the stuff of Arthurian legend and would like to do more in that arena. Prince Valiant was always in our local newspaper when I was a kid but I didn't really pay it much attention, tearing past it to get to Calvin & Hobbes. I ended up getting into it in sort of a backwards fashion as a big fan of Gary Gianni's work, who had taken over drawing the strip until just recently, then going back and discovering John Cullen Murphy's and (of course) Foster's work on the strip. This panel is hands down one of my favorite drawings in comics.

All for today, thanks folks!

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Iriquois

So I've decided I'm going to try something different this month with the sketches. I've been feeling like they're getting stale, or just that I'd been in a bit of a rut, so for the month of October I won't be sketching any superheroes or any of the other regulars around here. I like superheroes plenty, but they're not the only characters I like, and yet looking back it's just about all I ever post here. They're an easy solid go-to when I'm trying to start my brain in the morning, but I'd like to challenge myself to do something different. I won't necessarily be posting every day (the first half of the month is a little busy for me) but we'll see.

Basically, none of the regular Marvel or DC folks. I'm not going to make it complicated and set any definite rules for this, just going to try to do something different and explore some other genres. Heck, I'd like to make up some new stuff if possible. Might even take some one-word suggestions from time to time. For instance, the above sketch started with the word Iriquois. I've mentioned I'd happily do westerns forever, right? Okay, moving on.

If you come here looking for the superheroes hopefully you'll stick with me while I try this out. Thanks all!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Seriously.

Following up from this wake-up sketch. None of this is canon, but make no mistake: the guy takes this mustard thing seriously.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Always Ketchup.

Trying to unclog my brain a little for the morning and looking toward the work weekend. I know posts have been relatively infrequent around here lately, hoping that once I clear some more work off my desk I'll have more to share.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Kung Fu Fighting

Some mornings you wake up and you think "Gee, maybe I'm a Leonardo fan." Here he is taking on the Legion of Superheroes' Karate Kid.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

GREEN HORNET

Today's warm-up is THE GREEN HORNET. Announced today, I'll be doing a little work on Dynamite's The Green Hornet: Year One Special #1 (even though my name isn't listed, I swear I am), written by my Buddy Cops buddy Nate Cosby, hitting the stands in December. I'm excited to be working on some pulpy punch 'em up stuff.

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Hank says "HI!"

Good morning, folks.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Leapfrog!

Here's a Saturday bonus sketch of everybody's favorite blue German getting the drop on a certain Master of Magnetism. Have a good weekend everybody!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Leonardo Leads

This has been running through my head for the past week or so.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Cool, but rude.

I've got Turtles on the brain.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Behold: GORGON!

I drew the Gorgon on the right for the OHOTMU:Reduxe blog. Have I mentioned that I like the Inhumans? I really like the Inhumans, folks.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Buddy Cops, Part Deux

Dark Horse Presents #15 is out today! This issue includes the second Buddy Cops story, story by Nate Cosby, art by me, and letters by Rus Wooton. Here’s the first page from the story, which later sees the guys take on a giant orangutan loose in New York City. Get out there and pick it up!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

25% OFF Sale

I'm running a two-day 25% off everything sale at the shop. Click the banner below to go there and check everything out. Thanks!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

DOOM. IN SPACE.

Still in an FF mindset, so today's sketch is Doctor Doom, stealing some other schmuck's ride.

Here's the black and white version:

Sunday, August 12, 2012

'Ringo's FF

Here’s another first, trying to ink over a sketch of the Fantastic Four by Mike Wieringo. His run on that book with Mark Waid is absolutely one of my favorite books, so I knew I had try something with these characters.

Thanks to Ron Salas for the push to do this.

Mike Wieringo

Today marks 5 years since the passing of Mike Wieringo. Mike was the first monthly working artist I really latched onto when I started reading comics and drawing, and his work is always in the back of my mind somewhere. I never got the chance to meet or talk to him and very much wish that I had, if only to tell him what an impression he made on me.

This Superman and Krypto sketch by Mike is my favorite piece that I own. I've talked about it fairly often. It hangs in my office right above my desk and I take a minute just to look at it nearly every day. Instead of just posting the sketch, I thought I'd try my hand at coloring it this year, something I've never done.

Thanks for everything, Mike.

Monday, August 06, 2012

Makkari

Here's one I almost forgot to post, I drew the Makkari on the right for Calamity Jon's Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Reduxe Edition blog. Jon posted it while I was out of town so I had no idea that it was already up. I've always liked The Eternals and picked up a few of them for this project, so look for more to come.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Edna McCoy's Bouncing Boy

I've mentioned before that Beast is my favorite X-Man, and one of the characters that got me reading superhero comics in the first place. I've also written about how I've never been crazy about his latest incarnation as a giant blue cat, at least at the beginning. What I realized though is that I've never actually tried drawing it, usually opting for one of his two classic looks. I'll admit that once I got into it I can see why some like it. It still doesn't hold a candle to this or this for me, but it can be a lot of fun depending on how you handle it.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The World's Mightiest Girl!

I had my first chance in a while to draw something for myself last week, and decided to throw some color on it this morning. I still think Mary's one of the best characters in comics. I don't know what will happen to her in the new DC, but I'd still like to work on something with Mary someday.

Also, Paul Tobin did a nice bit on Mary with a lot of great art to boot, so I recommend giving it a look.

Monday, July 16, 2012

NO IT CAN'T BE

DON’T FORGET! This Wednesday’s Dark Horse Presents #14 contains the first Buddy Cops story, written by Nate Cosby, drawn by me, and lettered by Rus Wooton. Get out there and pick it up!

Friday, July 13, 2012

'Dem Bones

A slapdash schematic for Buddy Cops’ T.A.Z.E.R.. I'm currently working on the third story, thought I’d share this thing I’ve been putting together over time.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Checking In

I think it’s important, now and then, to take stock of what you’re up to from another perspective.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Mistress of Magic

Zatanna Zatara, a long overdue commission. I realized a little while ago that I spend so much time drawing with the color in mind that my B/W pieces tend to come off like coloring book pages. With that in mind I went at this one trying to let it stand on its own a little, but in the end still added just a little gray and the paper texture. A lot of this is me foolishly trying to be Alex Raymond.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Batsman

Today's sketch is Batsman, from Chris Roberson's run on Superman/Batman, based on a design by Dean Trippe.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Billy's New Threads

Since we got a better look at Shazam's (the new DC Universe's Captain Marvel) costume yesterday I figured I should give it a try to say that I did. It took a good while longer to do than I expected-- I guess I got so used to drawing the guy one way that anything else took me a while to wrap my head around. There's still some details that I'm not sure whether I got right or not. Either way, it was definitely interesting to tackle a design so different from my own wheelhouse.

I still can't draw the guy not smiling though.